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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 15, 2012
Welcome card  (2 Answers)


I want to buy a welcome card for when I arrive in Berlin. I arrive at night and want a 72 hour card. Is it valid from when you arrive? As i am there for three full days ( Leave late on the third day)would it be better to validate the card the next morning

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 03, 2012
2 Weeks In Berlin  (11 Answers)

Hello Dear Berlin-experts.

Silly question I know: arriving in Berlin last week of May and leaving 11 June.
Apart from attending a friend's wedding I am free for rest of the travel time here. Are there loads of things in Berlin that would occupy my time for about 2 weeks? Or better to take the opportunity to travel across the country??

I am aware of the unique-ness of Berlin comparing to other major cities in Germany ... so please bear with my silly question and thank you to all

LT ;))

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 19, 2012
flats in Berlin  (10 Answers)

I'm an American thinking about moving to Berlin in a few months and I'm hoping to get a rough idea of the rent for a relatively low-end, budget-conscious efficiency flat. I would want to avoid any high crime areas (don't know if Germany has anything remotely comparable to the US in this regard), and wouldn't want to be a long ways from restaurants, night-life, etc. I'd welcome any recommendations on neighborhoods that fit the criteria.

Also, can anyone tell me roughly what the cost of such a flat would be if purchased? And is there much of a resale market? The last thing I read about Berlin was that there were plenty of cheap flats on the market, but it would be very difficult to resell them.

Thanks for any guidance you can give.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 12, 2011
Creative Enquiry  (12 Answers)

Hi everyone,
This is my first post here :)

I'm a 26 year old male from Sydney, Australia and I am looking to move to Berlin for a year with the intention of staying permanently. I fell in love with the place a few years ago!

I have spent 8 years playing music around Australia (about 4 years of that pretty seriously) and currently work as a cameraman and video editor in Sydney.
I am looking to find work in Berlin in the Film/ TV industry if possible but the main thing i wish to do for 6 months over there is to immerse myself into as many creative communities as possible playing music, creating films etc.

Would anyone have any recommendations of music venues, bars and pubs to contact for work or alternatively any independent film studios or the like?

Furthermore, if anyone has any information on places they found to be good fun in Berlin that would be equally as good!

Thanks for your time

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 05, 2011
Visiting Berlin in June, any good hotels/hostels in Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz?  (2 Answers)


Second time visiting Berlin, but the time before, 2008, I did it with CouchSurfing, so I am not very familiar with where good hostels are located. I heard from a friend that Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz was a good location and had some cheap hostels around. Can any concur?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 23, 2011
garbage in Berlin  (4 Answers)

Does anybody know if I need a special prepaid sticker to put on my garbage bag
the way it is in Berne Switzerland?I' ll be in Berlin in July.What time
do Berliners take their garbage out?Anything else I should know?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 11, 2010
Prepaid Cell Phone's  (1 Answer)

We travel to Berlin every year for up to a month at a time and like to have a cell phone for emergencies only. We have an unlocked quad band phone and would like to purchase a sim card for use in Germany. We are trying to find one where the minutes do not expire within 12 months. I am refering to the minutes not the sim. I think that Telecom cards are good for 12 months but I don't understand if that is for the origional Xtra Card with 10€ start time or if the 12 month duration requires a larger amount.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2010
Christmas Markets in Berlin  (5 Answers)

I have just booked a trip to visit Berlin during the Christmas Market period as I know Germans are good at those markets.

When I google Christmas Markets in Berlin I get the answer that it is more than 50 different markets, but only a few have some information (Gendarmenmarkt, Schloss Charlottenburg, Potsdamer Platz etc.).

So, where can I find more information on the Christmas Markets (information in German is ok too)?
And which ones is worth a visit (even among the one I mention above)?
Is there anything else going on in Berlin during December that would be worth spending time on?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2010


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2010
charlottenburgh palace  (1 Answer)


Is it worth to visit this palace and to have dinner and attend a baroque orchestra? Or is it a tourist trap?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 10, 2009
direction from eurolines bus station to Hotel Putinn  (2 Answers)

Hi, can you please help me how to go to our hotel from the bus station? We will be arriving at 11:30 in the evening but would still want to use public transportation - bus or train.

Eurolines bus station
ZOB am Funkturm, U-Bahn Kaiserdamm


Hotel Putinn
Mauerstrasse 65, Mitte
Berlin , 10117

thanks again!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 07, 2009
Schoenefeld Airport to Apartments am Brandeburger Tor  (11 Answers)

I hope that you can help me!

Myself, my elderly mother and my sister will be arriving at Schoenefeld airport at 21.30 hours on a Sunday in November.

We need to get to Apartments am Brandeburger Tor and am wondering which is the best, easiest and safest way of doing this.

I appreciate any recommendations and approximate prices if you know them.

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 08, 2009
bus / train to Poznan  (3 Answers)

Dear VT folks,

I would like to check with you any bus or train from berlin to Poznan?
Do i need book the ticket in advance? Or i can get the train ticket when i was in Berlin?

Is there any hostel would you recomend in Berlin?

Many thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 12, 2009
Berlin June 2009  (5 Answers)

I'm 18 and from Ireland.On the 23rd me and 5 friends are going to Berlin until
the 28th.We've just finished our equivalent of the Abi in Ireland and are giong
to avail of the cheap drink and savage nightlife,aswell as the culture of the

Do you know where the best place is to buy good quality weed in the city?

Do you have any particular recommendations of clubs/bars we should visit or
should we just play it by ear when we arrive?

What are the best clubs for hardcore techno,as a few of us are big fans of hard
dance music?

Do you have any recommendations for unusual things we should do/try when we're
in Berlin?

A few of us have been to Berlin before but that was just for a night,so we
didn't really experience the nightlife and passion of the city.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thank you,


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2009
Using Berlin Welcome card from airport?  (1 Answer)

Hi there, we land at Tegel airport this Friday evening and have been advised to purchase this card for transport and discounts etc. Will we be able to use the card immediately for transport into Mohrenstrasse 30 area where our hotel is located. Also, what type of local transport is it from the airport to this place, how far away is it? Is the place where we buy the card easy to find as we do not speak German unfortunately! Thanks for any advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 07, 2009
Which is the Best Discount Card? Berlin Card or SchauLUST MuseenBerlin?  (1 Answer)

Hi, I plan to hit as many berlin museums as possible (including Musikinstrumenten-Museum) but I don't know whether i should get the Berlin Card that gives DISCOUNTS to museums + unlimited AB U/S-bahn rides OR get separate U/S-bahn day cards + SchauLUST card?? PLEASE LET ME KNOW WHAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE BEST!

I'll be in Berlin for 3 full days...

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 07, 2009
Checp places to eat  (3 Answers)


Does anybody know cheap places to eat at Berlin (like "All you can eat" places, or Chinese buffets) ?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 01, 2009
Berlin To Prague  (14 Answers)


I need to get from Berlin to Prague.
I tried to buy a ticket at this site -

and it seems strange to me that the train is EC 171 Hungaria (?) , and that the price is 815 Kč and not in euro.
Does anybody know if it is possible to buy this ticket in Berlin - and where exacly?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 05, 2009
Family stay  (2 Answers)

I am going to stay in Berlin in June for 4 days. BUT up with me will be my bestfriend and hers 2 daughters (7, 12) could you please advise me where to stay ? I thought about nice hostel with an apartments..
What do you think ? As I absolutely do not know Berlin and german standard of hostel it tought to make right choice...
It must be near centre and with easy access to main railway station
I need your help ;;-))


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 05, 2009
From Berlin Schönefeld to ZOB am Funkturm Odyssey  (3 Answers)

Hello to everyone!
Just a s small question for the ones that may know:

I arrive in Berlin at 22.25 on (a) Friday night and have to be at the bus station ZOB am Funkturm at 23.30 the latest as my bus leaves at 23.55. Will it be possible? If yes which is the best price/time option? Taxi? S9? Bus?

I looked up some online itenerary sites and they propose me to change several buses and S-U bahns. Is this necessary? E.g. I thought that I may take S9 until AlexanderPlatz and then take U2? Is this possible given my time limits?

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 17, 2008
Train Services in Berlin  (7 Answers)

Hi I will be taking the OEBB train from Prague to Berlin. Does anyone have any idea which train station in berlin will I be alighting?
I will be staying at HotelHOTEL OTTO in Berlin. I have the hotel address as:
AddressKnesebeckstrasse 10, Berlin, 10623, Germany. Can someone advise me on how I can travel from the train station to that hotel and how do I travel from the hotel to the airport?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 30, 2008
Ethnographic Museum!  (1 Answer)

Any etnhographic museum of Germany in Berlin like in Sweden?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 16, 2008
weather in Berlin!  (3 Answers)

hi, i will be in Berlin from Lisbon, next 30 Dec to 02 January2009.
What abou the weather in Berlin?
What kind of clothes and shoes?
Is it good the Hotel Best Western Spittelmarkt?
And the night life?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 26, 2008
Door policies at Panorama bar, any tips on how to get in?  (1 Answer)

Me and my boyfriend are heading to Berlin this weekend and want to go to Panorama bar. However we have heard they hate english people and have crazy door policies on who they let in. Has anyone got any tips that mean we are more likely to get in?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 08, 2008
Looking for a room to rent in Berlin  (3 Answers)

My boyfriend and i have just arrived in Berlin from southern Spain...we are on a camping trip, but need a holiday from camping!!! We want to continue in Berlin for 2 weeks and would like to rent a room from a Berliner to get a profound understanding of the city.

Anyone up for renting us a room...a possibility is swapping house keys if you want to stay in our apartment in the city centre of Cadiz, Andalucia.

Ill check in tomorrow to see if anyone has replied.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 02, 2008
Left Luggage / Secure Storage in Berlin  (5 Answers)


I'm planning to go to a festival in Delitzsch (Germany) in July (I'm English, so I'll be coming from the UK), and I'll be travelling alone. I'm looking to Fly into Berlin-Schönefeld late on Thursday night (landing at 22:45 local time), get a train to the festival early Friday, then fly back Monday in the late afternoon.

The problem I have is that I'd rather not risk leaving my plane tickets, and more importantly my passport, in my tent while I'm off enjoying myself. So, I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of possible places which I could store my valuables for 3 nights?

I’ll be flying in and flying out from Berlin-Schönefeld, as well as going via Berlin Hauptbahnhof on the Thursday night (heading to the hotel), Friday morning (heading the festival), and Monday (on my way back to the airport). I'm aware that there's a left luggage office, as well as luggage lockers at airport, and there's a left luggage office at train station. Does anyone have experience with these and can recommend either way?

If anyone thinks that me leaving such valuable items in locker/luggage office is a really really bad idea, please tell me - because I’d really rather not find this out the hard way.



Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 13, 2008
Good Area to rent an apartment in Berlin  (9 Answers)

Hi, I'm hoping someone can help me with my search to find an area to rent an apartment in Berlin.

I'll be in Berlin to do some internship/work experience in September 08 and am wondering where a good area is to rent in for someone on a budget (but not too small a budget)? I'd still like to be fairly central.

If anyone could give me some pointers as to where to look for an apartment (websites or good areas), or any other tips, I'd be very grateful. Thank you!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · March 30, 2008
tour from Warnemunde to Berlin  (3 Answers)

We will be arriving in Warnemunde on a cruise ship this summer and wonder if you could recommend what we should do? We're a family of five with three teenagers. Should we stay near the port and enjoy the local towns or should we go to Berlin? The cruiseline offers many tours but by the time we pay for five people we might as well hire a private guide.
Also, if we do decide on Berlin what do you think we should see? I recieved one quote from Berlin Walks for 889 euros for the transportation and tour, does that seem like a fair price?
Thanks for any help you can give me.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 26, 2008
Currywurst :)  (2 Answers)

Have you ever eaten currywurst outside Germany?

It´s the first time, i´ve been here, and I would like to know, if I can find it anywhere else, or not. Cuz I like it very much :):)

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · February 09, 2008
3-day visit in mid-March - tips please  (4 Answers)

I've always wanted to visit Berlin - the historical side of it. Most probably, I'll be arriving in Berlin-Tegel airport. To all VT members living in Berlin, if you have time, would you be so kind to recommend a hotel in a quiet area. I suppose the taxis are a plenty at the airport and are all reliable? Please recommend places to visit. I'd love to see the old Berlin wall, museums, a garden or a park and perhaps a concert in one evening. Many thanks in advance!

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